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Cablegate: Blue Lantern Level 3: Pre-License End-Use Check

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UNCLAS STATE 068489

SIPDIS
SAN JOSE FOR ROBERT ANDREW

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: CS ETTC KOMC
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: PRE-LICENSE END-USE CHECK
ON LICENSE 050107493

REF: 07 SAN JOSE 281

1. This is an Action Request. See paragraphs 2 - 4.

2. The Department's Office of Defense Trade Controls
Compliance (PM/DTCC) requests Post's assistance in conducting
a pre-license check on license 050107493 for the export of
firearms to Costa Rica. Post is requested to complete this
Blue Lantern check within 30 days. Lack of response to a Blue
Lantern check will affect pending and future licenses
involving parties to this license.

3. Reason for Request: End-user, Armeria J.R. Andre, was
subject to an unfavorable EXTRANCHECK (reftel) in 2007. This
end-use monitoring check is to verify the bona fides of the
end-user.

4. Action Request: End-user, Armeria J.R. Andre, was
previously subject to an unfavorable EXTRANCHECK (reftel) and
was found to be an unreliable recipient of dual-use items
controlled by the US Department of Commerce. Post is
requested to establish the bona fides of the end-user by
making appropriate inquires to representatives of the company.

In its reply, Post may also comment on any other information
pertinent to these transactions such as security of
facilities, end-use, and concerns about the entities involved.

5. Details of license applications:

DTC Case: 050107493

QUANTITY/COMMODITY:

9 Model 22 Pistols, .22 Caliber

3 Model 638 Revolvers, .38 Caliber

3 Model 642 Revolvers, .38 Caliber

3 Model 442 Revolvers, .38 Caliber

3 Model 64 Revolvers, .38 Caliber

5 Model 410 Pistols, .40 Caliber

30 Model SW9 Pistols, 9mm

15 Model 910 Pistols, 9mm

2 model 908 Pistols, 9mm

12 Model M&P9 Pistols, 9mm

12 Model M&P40, .40 Caliber

2 Model 10 Revolvers, .38 Caliber


License Value: USD $31,865

SELLER:

Smith and Wesson Holding Corporation
2100 Roosevelt Avenue
Springfield, MA 01104

FOREIGN CONSIGNEE:

Same as End-User

FOREIGN END-USER:

Armeria JR Andre, SA
Avenida 2DA. Calle 2
San Jose, Costa Rica
Tel: 222-47 07

PURPOSE:

For commercial resale in Costa Rica only

6. Submitted in support of the license application were the
following documents (PM/DTCC will fax documentation to Posts
upon request):

5 DSP-83 signed by Peter Andre G (Armeria J.R. Andre) dated
05/15/2008 and Helene Piquette (Smith & Wesson) dated
06/02/2008

9 Purchase Orders from Armeria J.R. Andre signed by Peter
Andre G. dated 05/15/2008.

Letter from Direccion General de Armamento (oficio
976-2008-DGA-OT) acting as an import permit signed by William
Hidalgo Echavarria dated 04/08/2008

7. Please slug reply for PM/DTCC - BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR
and include the words "Blue Lantern" and the case number in
the subject line. POC is Kyle M. Ballard, Phone:
202-663-1929; Email: BallardKM@state.gov; SIPRNET:
BallardKM@state.sgov.gov. The Blue Lantern Guidebook (ref) is
available as a PDF file in the Bunche Library's E-Book
Collection on the DOS Intranet:
http://virtuallibrary.state.gov/
BlueLanternGuidebook2006%2520 final .pdf

8. Department is grateful for Post's assistance in this
matter.
RICE

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